CodeBlacks team announced

24 April 2009 | Mike Brown | 15 Comments

CodeBlackThere were some really great applicants for the NZ FullCodePress team in every one of the positions.  The New Zealand selection panel has spent a lot of time this week reviewing all the applicants, asking further questions, discussing combinations, strategy and teamwork. It’s not been an easy job, but here, finally, are the CodeBlacks for the FullCodePress 09!

Haydn Thomsen  Project Manager

Haydn ThomsenHaydn has a passion for digital and doing great things online.

He has 14 years experience working in NZ online including consulting, working for organisations in the government and telecommunications sectors and more recently for design, web development and advertising agencies. He currently works for Colenso BBDO and loves the opportunity to every day work on digital projects for their clients; Air NZ, Fonterra, Frucor, Vodafone and many more.

His goals for Full Code Press are to do great work, have fun, be proud of my team and them proud of me. And to win of course but I think if we achieve the former and have a happy client – this shouldn’t be a problem.

Nick Bowmast – User experience

Nick BowmastNick is motivated to help businesses and designers understand the needs of the people who use their products and services.

He has fifteen years experience spanning industrial, website, graphic and architectural design and ran his own design consultancy in London for several years. In 2006 this experience was consolidated when he moved into design research and User Experience working as a consultant at Flow Interactive

After twelve years in London Nick has returned to consult in NZ. He has a passion for finding out what makes people tick, and how insights based on empathy and observation can help to shape a great experience. He’s worked for clients like BBC, Design Council UK, Easyjet, Sky TV and Sony Playstation.

Kate Smith – Designer

Kate SmithWith a background in Graphic Design, Communications and Computer Science, Kate specialises in creating web solutions with personality that are both aesthetically pleasing and a joy to use.

She has designed and built websites, intranets and application interfaces for a wide range of clients including Fly Buys, Air New Zealand and Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main focus is on delivering a rich experience for the user, one that is smooth, efficient, and that delivers an accurate impression of the organisation which the website is about.

Kate has a wide pool of knowledge to draw upon. With experience in Information Architecture, Interaction Design, User Experience, Visual Design and Integration she is able to take a very holistic approach to projects from concept to build.

Darren Wood – HTML/CSS

Darren WoodBy day, Darren Wood is an interface designer-developer at Marker Studio.

By night, Darren is known as a web geek and/or “Mr Microformats”.

At any time you can be sure that he is an advocate of accessible, semantic HTML.

Tim Connor – Programmer

Tim ConnorTim Connor is a web developer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has a long background of enterprise software development in a range of industries including banking, government and online gaming, in both New Zealand and the UK. Nowadays he works as an independent IT consultant specializing in Ruby on Rails.

Tim builds web applications end to end, from database management and tuning to XHTML, CSS, and Javascript. His real passion is seeing ideas turned into beautifully crafted applications, and strongly believes in standards compliance, usability, and accessibility.

Courtney Johnston – Content

Courtney JohnsonCourtney Johnston won her first writing award aged 6, when her primary school principal gave her a certificate for a touching poem entitled ‘Spring is here’.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and Courtney is now ensconced at the National Library of New Zealand, where she runs the front end of, works on the DigitalNZ project and flickrs, tweets and blogs. She gave up poetry while still at primary school, and now blogs about New Zealand visual arts instead .

Congratulations to the team members! We’ll be interviewing them next week.

And from everyone involved with FullCodePress, a big thank you to everyone who applied for the team.

15 Responses

  1. Steve Dennis says:

    Congratulations guys :) Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  2. Keith Patton says:

    Go Darren, sneak a bit of Silverlight in for me:)

  3. tom says:

    ewwwwwww yuk, silverlight…why would u bother

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  5. James says:

    Good luck guys!

  6. Bradley Wood says:


    Go bro! Let ‘em ‘ave it!


  7. robbie says:

    Go Darren! get some Flash in there bro!

  8. Alf Wood says:

    Go CodeBlacks, show them what us Kiwis are made of.
    We all rooting for you guys.


  9. Irene says:

    Code Blacks have Darren in their team. Couldn’t ask for more!!

  10. Tineke says:

    I think its kinda obvious now but… DARREN ROCKS~!

  11. Lele says:

    Hey what a fantastic result guys!

    well done, you did us proud and congrats!!

  12. @ says:

    Awesome stuff… Congrats Code Blacks!

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